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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - OEM

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 96KHz
  • PCI Interface
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Creative has been around for a long time, and it shows.

Working at twice the sampling rate of a CD player, this 96KHz PCI board puts out clean 24 bit sound. How clean? The signal to noise ratio is >108dB. I don't have my calculator handy, but that's a lot more than a million to one ratio. Clean. Sure, it's got a Line In jack and a microphone jack, but the 7.1 channels output let you surround yourself with the sound, while X-Fi technology helps make it some of the crispest clearest sound you've ever surrounded yourself with. Or put on a pair of headphones and get projected into the sound.

Gamer or audiophile, you really ought to look into this. Go ahead. We'll wait right here while you decide for yourself.

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Learn more about the Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio


Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio

Audio core

Sample Rate
Digital Audio
>108dB (20kHz Low-pass filter, A-Weighted)


Line In
Line Out
CD/Aux In
Auxiliary Line level Input (via 4-pin Molex connector)
Other Ports
Digital Out* / Digital I/O**

* Digital Out supports stereo SPDIF out and pass through of multichannel DVD sound
** Digital I/O requires Sound Blaster Digital I/O Module (sold separately)


Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows Vista (Drivers available at or Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 2, x64 Edition or Media Center Edition)
System Requirements
Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz, AMD Athlon XP 2000+ processor or equivalent
Available PCI 2.1 slot
600MB of free hard disk space
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
Headphones or amplified speakers (available separately)
Internet connection to download PowerDVD software


X-Fi Technology:
X-Fi Crystalizer
X-Fi CMSS-3D Virtual
X-Fi CMSS-3D Headphone

Restore the details and vibrance your music and movies lost during compression. X-Fi technology intelligently enhances the highs and lows so you'll hear it all-crisp cymbal crashes, wailing guitar solos, screeching tires and booming explosions.
Expand your stereo music and movies into surround sound. Voices are centered in front of you. Ambient sound appears all around you... just like a live performance. Listen on a pair of desktop speakers or a full 5.1 speaker system.
Slip on your headphones and X-Fi technology moves the sound away from your ears into the space around you. You'll feel like you're sitting in with your favorite band or in the best seat at the movie theater.
Download Cyberlink PowerDVD software with DTS and Dolby Digital-EX decoding for free and get an unbeatable DVD movie watching experience.

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio

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  • Ronald G.
  • 9/20/2011 6:09:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsNo Good For ASIO

Pros: Low price for a good well made sound card. Good fidelity and clean signal.

Cons: Does not come with nor works with ASIO drivers. Which is odd since this following statement is on the Creative website "Shipping with the Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ and selected Sound Blaster® Audigy® series sound cards is a rock-solid ASIO driver with low-latency performance down to <=2ms."

ASIO was the reason I bought this card.

Other Thoughts: Shipping with the Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ and selected Sound Blaster® Audigy® series sound cards is a rock-solid ASIO driver with low-latency performance down to <=2ms.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/25/2011 11:43:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood So Far

Pros: I like the digital synthesiser it comes with.

Cons: None really that I have found.

Other Thoughts: I got this at a local store.
I've had this thing well over a year and it's going good so far. I have Windows 7 64, I'm sure if there is drivers for me there is drivers for W7 32 and Vista 32/64. I recommend you download drivers from the website, if you just let Windows 7 install the generic drivers you don't get he synthesiser and volume control thingie. Unless it's changed now.

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  • Richard K.
  • 6/12/2011 8:12:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Soundcard!

Pros: This is a great soundcard if you are running Windows XP, Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit), or Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)! It also has connections for the front-panel audio ports of any computer case!

Cons: None (unless you are running any flavor of Linux and cannot compile your own drivers).

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/4/2010 12:10:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: works great great value

Cons: none

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  • John K.
  • 1/16/2010 7:58:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsWindows 7 warning

Pros: price and features

Cons: Does not work with Windows 7 64 bit. Buy it if you have XP but most recent Creative drivers as of 1/15/10 produce garbled sound

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  • Richard S.
  • 4/21/2009 7:36:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggswhiskey tango foxtrot

Pros: ...yet to be seen.

Cons: What is up with no driver disc? Is it that hard/expensive to make one? No. Now I have to wait for Creative's limping download server to send them to me...

Other Thoughts: Buy something else.

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  • Zachary H.
  • 4/4/2009 5:21:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsnot a stupid mistake

Pros: Works great! No problems on linux mce media director machine <using creatives linux drivers> although you could probably get away with just using alsa.

Cons: not much of a noticeable difference from the onboard realtek setup

Other Thoughts: No one officially supports linux. Though many companies provide linux drivers, creative included they will not officially support. This is for several reasons such as linux comes in a staggering array of flavors and if they officially supported linux they would have to provided tech support for all of those flavors requiring the most educated tech support agents in the universe.....

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/30/2009 11:16:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNot worth it.

Pros: Got this elsewhere for a customer that wanted inexpensive X-Fi support. It does work with the OS's as stated, offers mediocre sound quality, is relatively cheap for what you get (see below).

Cons: It's basically a rebranded 24 Live! with software X-Fi emulation and nothing more. In point of fact, you can actually run a 24 Live! with the same software that has had the hardware recognition variables altered to allow it to run.

Other Thoughts: With this card you are not getting a real X-Fi, but a software dependent gimmick. Just be aware of that going in.

Frankly I think Creative has gotten both greedy and lazy and their product reputation has suffered greatly because of these recycled legacy SKU's.

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  • Steffen K.
  • 1/23/2009 12:39:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot as good as I was promised

Pros: Noticeably better sound quality than the onboard sound from my 680i.
Easy setup/install
Lots of driver options and customization
Works on Vista 64bit

Cons: The sound quality upgrade wasn't worth $50 to me. Its nice to have, but I don't see the massive clarity boost I was hearing all a bout with X-Fi cards. It is noticeable, but not "The best thing you've ever heard"

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for an X-Fi card (and you're running Windows), this is a good choice, if you aren't a hardcore sound enthusiast I wouldn't recommend going off your current sound card.

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  • Daniel P.
  • 1/18/2009 12:38:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNo for Dolby Digital

Pros: Decent card. Good value, good sound.

Cons: Will NOT allow installation of Dolby Digital Live Connect Pack from Creative. This is necessary if you want 5.1 Dolby Digital from your digital out connection into your sound system. Also, this card will not allow "What You Hear" recording from your computer.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card for our media computer to process sound from DVD's. On the Creative site, this card is not listed in the Dolby Digital Live Connect Pack recommends, but it also not listed in another section where cards that won't work with the digital pack are listed, either. I guess this Extreme Audio card ain't extreme enough. RMA'd.

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